it's been a while since i scanned this site. i like the info. i see and you guys/girls got a lot to offer. my question is what is an all around sportbike to have. i mean everyday riding including long/short trips. something i will be comfortable on. i'm about 5'10" so i would like to be as comfortable as possible. my friend tells me honda is pretty good. but i see others that i like. also is it customery for your palms and shoulders to hurt for a little while as you get used to riding in that position. so please help before i make a mistake and purchase a cruiser when all i dream about is sportsbikes. thanks for your help. i am looking for something in the 600-750 range. don't want to go bigger. not ready for the big time yet.
Well, theres a Honda VFR800, Duc ST4, Yammie FZ-1, Suzuki TL1000S, SV650, Aprilia Falco and Kawi ZXR1200. They would make excellent sport-touring bikes. Oh BTW new rider or experienced rider? If new, the SV650 would be the best choice.
Regarding comfort, yes, it does take some getting used to. One huge mistake that a lot of riders make, though, is putting too much weight on their wrists, with elbows locked, arms straight, and a death-grip on the grips. Learn to use your legs and back to support the weight of your upper body.